Mark Webber once called the Frenchman a “first-lap nutcase” for his remarkable ability to cause first lap collisions during Grand Prix races. It’s quite surprising then that the owners of Prost’s Renault RE40 let him have a go in it.
In all fairness though, Grosjean has changed his ways and shown marked progress in the demonstration of his abilities by racking up a string of podium finishes at the end of the 2013 season. All things considered the nutcase batton now appears to have been handed to one Pastor Maldonado, Grosjean’s new Lotus team mate.
The Renault RE40 would have taken Prost to his first title were it not for a turbo failure in the final round of the championship at our very own South African Grand Prix. Prost was forced to retire and conceded the championship to Brabham’s Nelson Piquet.
Both Grosjean and Prost are French, both drove for Renault, technically in a way Grosjean still does (Lotus use a Renault power unit), it seems only right that this drive takes place. Watch as one Renault driving Frenchman takes his predecessor’s car around Silverstone.